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Ashraf Fouad
1
Book
Review
24-Feb-2024
Trademarks
• All brands, company, and product names are used for identification
purposes only and may be trademarks that are the sole property of
their respective owners.
2
Disclaimer
• “Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution” Copyright
2006 Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson
• The purpose of this book review is to provide:
1. Objective feedback for potential readers (Educational purpose, no affiliate links are included).
2. Constructive feedback for the authors.
3
• Harvard Business Publishing, Amazon, Oreilly
• ISBN: 978-1591398394
• Publish date: 1-Aug-2006
• 256 pages
4
Enterprise Architecture As Strategy:
Creating a Foundation for Business Execution
David Robertson
Source: LinkedIn Profile
Teacher, Speaker, Author, Consultant, Biker
Peter Weill
Source: LinkedIn Profile
Senior Research Scientist & Chairman, Center for
Information Systems Research (CISR) MIT Sloan
School
Jeanne W. Ross
Source: LinkedIn Profile
Retired Researcher; Law School Student
Ross Four Quadrant Model
5
Source: FORGET STRATEGY: FOCUS IT ON YOUR OPERATING MODEL
Learn about how a company’s operating model guides IT investment and enhances business agility
MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research
Topics Covered
6
1- To Execute Your Strategy, First Build Your Foundation
2- Define Your Operating Model
3- Implement the Operating Model via Enterprise Architecture
4- Navigate the Stages of Enterprise Architecture Maturity
5- Cash In on the Learning
6- Build the Foundation One Project at a Time
7- Use Enterprise Architecture to Guide Outsourcing
8- Now—Exploit Your Foundation for Profitable Growth
9- Take Charge! The Leadership Agenda
To build an effective foundation for
execution, companies must master 3 key
disciplines:
1- Operating model.
2- Enterprise Architecture.
3- IT engagement model.
1- Defining the operating model with
real examples from multi-national
corporates.
2- Transforming from a model to
another.
What is the process for every operating
model to build your Enterprise
Architecture?
Defining four stages of architecture
maturity:
1- Business Silos.
2- Standardized Technology.
3- Optimized Core.
4- Business Modularity.
The benefits of Enterprise Architecture:
1- Reduced IT Costs.
2- Increased IT Responsiveness.
3- Improved Risk Management.
4- Increased Management Satisfaction.
5- Enhanced Strategic Business
Outcomes.
IT engagement model that assures
business and IT projects achieve both
local and company-wide objectives.
Outsourcing relationships:
1- Strategic partnership.
2- Cosourcing alliance.
3- Transaction relationship.
Profitable growth in organic and
acquisition-driven growth.
1- Symptoms of an ineffective
foundation for execution.
2- Link all the contents of previous
chapters in key actionable steps for your
plan in building foundation for
execution.
What I liked in the book?
• Simple English for non-native English speaker.
• Grey scale diagrams that are simple to understand.
• The book is full of real world examples for multi-national companies  It convey
the message it is not theoretical / academic book.
• The book covers:
1. Founding big corporates.
2. Inorganic growth (Acquisition/Merge).
3. C-Level mindset.
4. Outsourcing models and how to benefit from them.
7
Is this book still relevant in the year 2024?
• Target Audience: Enterprise Architects, CTO, & CIO.
• Although the book is published on the year 2006; it is being referenced in more
recent articles / books (Ex: Sogeti labs (2016), The practice of Enterpise
Architecture (2021)).
• Thanks to “Sergio Caredda” for the article “Operating Models: the theory and the
practice” (2021) that shows 17 different operating models. IMHO, The most
relevant one to Enterprise Architecture & IT in general was the “Ross Four
Quadrant Model”.
• Having companies transformation stories that is mentioned in the book ensure
confidence of your next steps.
• The book is still relevant as of year 2024.
8
Thanks
9

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Enterprise Architecture As Strategy - Book Review

  • 2. Trademarks • All brands, company, and product names are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks that are the sole property of their respective owners. 2
  • 3. Disclaimer • “Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution” Copyright 2006 Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson • The purpose of this book review is to provide: 1. Objective feedback for potential readers (Educational purpose, no affiliate links are included). 2. Constructive feedback for the authors. 3
  • 4. • Harvard Business Publishing, Amazon, Oreilly • ISBN: 978-1591398394 • Publish date: 1-Aug-2006 • 256 pages 4 Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution David Robertson Source: LinkedIn Profile Teacher, Speaker, Author, Consultant, Biker Peter Weill Source: LinkedIn Profile Senior Research Scientist & Chairman, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) MIT Sloan School Jeanne W. Ross Source: LinkedIn Profile Retired Researcher; Law School Student
  • 5. Ross Four Quadrant Model 5 Source: FORGET STRATEGY: FOCUS IT ON YOUR OPERATING MODEL Learn about how a company’s operating model guides IT investment and enhances business agility MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research
  • 6. Topics Covered 6 1- To Execute Your Strategy, First Build Your Foundation 2- Define Your Operating Model 3- Implement the Operating Model via Enterprise Architecture 4- Navigate the Stages of Enterprise Architecture Maturity 5- Cash In on the Learning 6- Build the Foundation One Project at a Time 7- Use Enterprise Architecture to Guide Outsourcing 8- Now—Exploit Your Foundation for Profitable Growth 9- Take Charge! The Leadership Agenda To build an effective foundation for execution, companies must master 3 key disciplines: 1- Operating model. 2- Enterprise Architecture. 3- IT engagement model. 1- Defining the operating model with real examples from multi-national corporates. 2- Transforming from a model to another. What is the process for every operating model to build your Enterprise Architecture? Defining four stages of architecture maturity: 1- Business Silos. 2- Standardized Technology. 3- Optimized Core. 4- Business Modularity. The benefits of Enterprise Architecture: 1- Reduced IT Costs. 2- Increased IT Responsiveness. 3- Improved Risk Management. 4- Increased Management Satisfaction. 5- Enhanced Strategic Business Outcomes. IT engagement model that assures business and IT projects achieve both local and company-wide objectives. Outsourcing relationships: 1- Strategic partnership. 2- Cosourcing alliance. 3- Transaction relationship. Profitable growth in organic and acquisition-driven growth. 1- Symptoms of an ineffective foundation for execution. 2- Link all the contents of previous chapters in key actionable steps for your plan in building foundation for execution.
  • 7. What I liked in the book? • Simple English for non-native English speaker. • Grey scale diagrams that are simple to understand. • The book is full of real world examples for multi-national companies  It convey the message it is not theoretical / academic book. • The book covers: 1. Founding big corporates. 2. Inorganic growth (Acquisition/Merge). 3. C-Level mindset. 4. Outsourcing models and how to benefit from them. 7
  • 8. Is this book still relevant in the year 2024? • Target Audience: Enterprise Architects, CTO, & CIO. • Although the book is published on the year 2006; it is being referenced in more recent articles / books (Ex: Sogeti labs (2016), The practice of Enterpise Architecture (2021)). • Thanks to “Sergio Caredda” for the article “Operating Models: the theory and the practice” (2021) that shows 17 different operating models. IMHO, The most relevant one to Enterprise Architecture & IT in general was the “Ross Four Quadrant Model”. • Having companies transformation stories that is mentioned in the book ensure confidence of your next steps. • The book is still relevant as of year 2024. 8

Editor's Notes

  1. Maximum book pages: 740 pages